Everton defender Sylvain Distin has become the latest player to sign a new contract with the club.

With his deal set to expire at the end of the season, the former Manchester City centre-back has been handed a one-year contract extension, to keep him at the club until June 2014.

The Frenchman has been a rock at the heart of the Toffees' defence since joining from Portsmouth back in 2009, with the versatile defender deputising at left-back towards the end of last season due to an injury to Leighton Baines.

In his three-and-half years at Goodison Park, Distin has made over 130 appearances for the club, having played 19 times for them already this season.

His stellar performances have helped the Toffees rise to fifth place in the Premier League, ahead of the likes of Arsenal and local rivals Liverpool.

The 6ft 4in man has also scored some important goals during his Everton career, including strikes against the enemy, Liverpool, and former club Manchester City.

Distin joins fellow defenders Phil Jagielka and Seamus Coleman in committing their future to the Merseyside club.


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